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    capable or able?

    I think that knowing how to use a computer correctly is very important today because this knowledge can give you a further chance to get a job.
    So if you are capable/able to use it in a sufficient way it's a good thing.

    Are they both good in this case?
    I know that "capable" generally indicates the ability, the capacity to do something, whereas "able" is used to express the possibility, the chance to do something, or the power to do something else. Is it correct? Any examples?

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    Re: capable or able?

    Not a teacher

    I think the following:

    So if you are capable of using/able to use it in an efficient way it's a good thing.

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    Re: capable or able?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    I think the following:

    So if you are capable of using/able to use it in an efficient way it's a good thing.

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    On the basis of what you've written, it would seem there are not substancial differenzes between them, except for the grammatical construction...

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    #4

    Re: capable or able?

    Not a teacher

    Yep! In my humble opinion.

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    Re: capable or able?

    I'll be waiting for a teacher's or a native's opinion or explanation...

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    #6

    Re: capable or able?

    This native thinks the words are basically the same in meaning. I would probably only use "capable" to describe someone who is strong or talented. I might say you were able to swim if you could keep yourself from drowning. I would say "he is a capable swimmer" if you were very good at it.

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    #7

    Re: capable or able?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I think that knowing how to use a computer correctly is very important today because this knowledge can give you a further chance to get a job.
    So if you are capable/able to use it in a sufficient way it's a good thing.

    Are they both good in this case?
    I know that "capable" generally indicates the ability, the capacity to do something, whereas "able" is used to express the possibility, the chance to do something, or the power to do something else. Is it correct? Any examples?
    NOT A TEACHER.

    For me, only "able" works in your example.

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